EDITED TO ADD: After a year and a half of trying Rockets of Awesome, I’ve added updated info in this post as the service has changed it’s terms and conditions; honestly it keeps getting better but it has changed quite a bit since we first signed up. You know I keep it real around here so the most recent reviews are at the end.
While scrolling through Facebook the other day I noticed an ad for a company called Rockets of Awesome which is a clothing delivery service for kids (similar to Stitch Fix.) It hit home because shopping for my daughter is a struggle– she is extremely picky, so I end up buying a ton of clothing, begging her to try them on, then returning most of it. Rockets of Awesome seemed to solve that problem: kids fill out a style profile with what they like, don’t like, and color + size preferences. Then they deliver a box of coordinated items (about 8 pieces of clothing) and you pay for what you keep– there is a $20 styling fee that goes towards whatever you keep, but NO shipping or return fee. Since this wasn’t a sponsored post but rather something I was curious about and knew other parents would be too, I made a quick decision and decided to be the guinea pig. #takingonefortheteam 😉
Truth be told, my kids HATE shopping so the idea of the mall coming to THEM instead was beyond delightful.
I took out my credit card and signed up on the spot. I’m always up for trying something new and this was intriguing. “IT’S FOR THE BLOG! I AM TAKING ONE FOR THE TEAM!” I told my side-eyeing husband as I gleefully filled out our information.
Abby sat next to me and quickly ruled out sweaters, skirts, dresses, pink, and anything fuzzy or scratchy. They give you several style photos to choose from, and she picked out the sportier styles. Then we submitted the info (took under 5 minutes) and waited for our delivery.
A few days later, our box arrived.
It was like Christmas. The box alone was worth it, here’s how you can tell it really is geared towards kids:
Usually when I return from shopping for her (she refuses to go with me) and want her to try on clothes, she’s all ‘Awwwww mom! Not now!’
This time, she wanted to unbox it on Facebook Live! Which we attempted, but the beginning was fuzzy and it cut out the middle (it gets better towards the end.) If you don’t mind a few technical difficulties you can watch it here.
Excited is an understatement. She dug through the box, pulling things out and excitedly chatting about them. Everything was so HER! Trendy and sporty and comfy, too. The quality was surprisingly great, way better made than what we buy at big box retailers. Hems and seams were well-made and the fabric was higher quality. I would even say the quality was better than what I’ve gotten from Stitch Fix. Here’s what was in our first box:
Proof of how much she loved it: she dressed head to toe in one outfit and begged me to take a photo of her wearing it. THIS is what it’s all about, my friends: confidence! She felt great about herself! Please note that it was HER decision to pose and put it on the blog, I’m pretty protective of my kids but my little fashionista wanted to show you her outfit. Oh my heart.
Granted, that outfit all put together is a teeny bit over the top but hey, she’s having a moment so I’m going with it.
Let’s talk pricing. There is no shipping or styling fees so that saves money. The prices were actually quite reasonable for the quality; I’d equate them to what you’d pay at Old Navy and Gap when things aren’t on sale but the Rockets of Awesome quality is better. Items started at $16 and the highest was a jacket for $42, average item was about $20.
The items all coordinate too so I do feel as if we saved money by having several complete mix-and-match outfits (and time and gas by not having to keep running aback to the store.) Since the quality is good, I believe they’ll hold up well for when she’s done and we either hand them down or consign them.
We didn’t end of keeping the bomber jacket and ‘flair’, but how fun is this for a more adventurous dresser?!
At first she thought this looked like a boys shirt, but then tried it on and loved it (as did I, can I get one in my size?!) EDITED TO ADD A YEAR LATER: SHE STILL ROCKS THIS SHIRT ONCE A WEEK! It’s getting small on her but she’ll be so sad when she finally 100% outgrows it.
Best part is the clothes are simple so they pair well with other brands. She’s wearing her Rockets of Awesome ‘We Are Awesome’ tee here with her Target leggings:
Here’s what we ended up keeping:
Bottom Line: Abby (and I) give Rockets of Awesome two thumbs up and plan to get another shipment either in the winter or early spring. We’d definitely recommend this for other busy families, kids who hate shopping, and/or kids who love fashion. Woah, is it possible we just solved our ‘busy mom, picky kiddo’ clothing problem?! PS- if you sign up through my link we’ll both get a FREE piece of clothing with purchase!
UPDATE #3, 3/17/18: The new feature where you can sneak a peek at the box before it ships is, in a word, AWESOME! In the last shipment we kept everything in BOTH boxes and my kids are pretty much wearing head-to-toe Rockets of Awesome now. They love the style, they get excited when the box arrives, and since we can customize it we can weed out anything that might be ‘iffy’ before it ships. This service has saved us hours of mall shopping and eye-rolling from my kids!
UPDATE #2, 10/14/17: Rockets of Awesome has updated their terms, now you can buy the entire contents of the box for $150 which is a STEAL! You can also ‘peek’ at the items before they deliver them and make changes, which is fantastic. We haven’t gotten a box with the new terms in place yet, but I’ll let you know what we think when we do.
UPDATE #1, 9/5/2017: Well it’s been a year now, and we’ve gotten four boxes for my daughter and two for my son. Are we still fans? YES! BUT… I feel obligated to note that prices seem to have gotten a bit higher. I put the current price point more in the CrewCuts category now; ‘splurge’ items that pair well with basics. On average, we keep about 4 pieces per box. We used to get items as low as $16 but I think our lowest priced item was $20 in our last box with most being $22-$24. That being said, it’s still SO worth it. We got the rest of their clothing for a steal at big box retailers this year (Target, Old Navy and TJ Maxx specifically) so I was happy to supplement with such fun, trendy, and well made items. My kids LOVE the clothes, so I know whatever they wear from Rockets will be a win… even if it’s a bit on the higher side of our clothing budget.
Note: This post is NOT sponsored and I have no affiliation with the company. However, if you sign up through my link, you’ll get a free piece of clothing with purchase (and I will on my next order, too). Winning!